LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course 2021-22

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Courses begin in August, 2021 in person at several locations!

The Pinch Hitter: She had always loved baseball. Somehow miraculously she was hired onto the team! Sitting in the dugout, she was so inspired and amazed to find herself there! Then all of a sudden, the batter was injured and she was called up. It was then that she realized she really didn’t know how to swing a bat and was unsure of the basic rules of the game. She was being initiated into the world of “pinch hitter” and really understood that feeling of being in a pinch!

Congratulations!  You have been hired to work in a Waldorf or LifeWays early childhood program that you have admired for some time.  Or you now find yourself ready to open your own program.  Perhaps you are a new assistant or extended care provider, a new co-teacher or regular substitute.    Yet you have no training or background in the work.  Or perhaps you have been out of the field for awhile and could use a refresher.   We want to help you find the ground beneath your feet so that you can grow in confidence.

It may be a little while before you can enroll in a regular training program. If so, this Early Childhood Fundamentals course is for you. Your teachers, both on-site and online, are long-time early childhood teachers in Waldorf and/or LifeWays programs. We look forward to offering you support and inspiration.

If you decide to enroll in the full LifeWays Early Childhood Certification Training, your ENTIRE TUITION PAID FOR THIS EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDAMENTALS COURSE WILL BE APPLIED TO YOUR LIFEWAYS CERTIFICATION TRAINING TUITION!

Components of LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals include:

  • Fire in the Belly – On retreat, you’ll enjoy delicious organic food
  • Heart in Hands – You’ll also learn simple and meaningful handwork projects
  • Feet on the Ground – We’ll start with a five-day in-person retreat to fill your toolkit with basics of care and education.
  • Head in the Clouds – We will continue our course with fifty (50) hours of online, mentor-supported content and discussion. This will include content from LifeWays’ “The Living Arts – Cornerstones of Care”, “Discipline with Loving Awareness” and “Building a Strong Foundation,” along with five scheduled video conference sessions throughout the school year for Q & A on specific topics. (This online content plus five Zoom sessions add up to a $650 value alone!)

The 2021-22 Fundamentals Course will begin with an in-person retreat during the summer of 2021 and will continue with the online portion of the course from September 2021 to June 2022.  You’ll have a choice of two locations for the in-person retreat. Choose between:

Click Here for a description of the entire course.  Click Here for a sample  schedule of a five-day workshop.

Price: $1200 for the entire year-long course (Includes snacks, meals and all supplies for the five day retreat, mentoring and online instruction. And remember, the entire tuition can be applied to the full-year in-person LifeWays Certificate training if you enroll in the future!).

Register for This Course

Reserve your place with a nonrefundable deposit of $100 (you will also need to complete and mail Contract and a Payment Plan). Or you may pay in full. After payment you will be asked to complete your registration information on the following page.

Financial Aid is Available

We have funds available for students with financial need.  To apply, students should first apply to the training and then fill out the Financial Assistance Form on the website.

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